Most construction, from new construction to alterations and repairs, requires a building permit.
Please review the following information to determine how to apply for the appropriate building permit for your project.
New Construction Permit Application
A construction permit is required if you plan to construct, enlarge, alter, move, replace, repair, improve, convert, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure. A permit is also needed if you plan to move more than 50 cubic yards of dirt or build a retaining wall taller than 4 feet from the bottom of the footing.
To apply electronically, please follow the instructions for New Construction Application - Electronic.
To apply for a Septic Repair Permit Electronically:
Please Note: We No Longer Accept Mail-In Construction Permit Applications.
Re-Submittals for Applications Under Review
The Permit Center Lobby is open to facilitate scheduling appointments and for permit correction returns/pick-up. All permit applications submitted with hardcopy plans will be processed and issued in that format. We are not able to switch to electronic submittal after processing begins. If you have questions, please contact your designated plans examiner, land use technician, or their supervisor.
In-person appointments may be scheduled for Building Permit Intake, correction return/pick-up and issuance by calling 805-781-5600. Appointments are available Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (Closed 12:00-1:30 PM).
E-Permits - Building Permits
E-Permits are available to be submitted online by a California Licensed Contractor. E-Permits include projects that are normally quicker to repair or install. For example: water heater replacement, air conditioning or heating unit replacement, drain repair, lighting, electrical panel replacement, etc.
- To apply, please follow the instructions for E-Permits.
Renewable Energy Permits
Permits available to be applied for online by a California Licensed Contractor include for renewable energy permits include and are not limited to : Solar Systems, Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, Wind Energy Systems, etc.
Building Department Contact Information
Interactive Maps (Land Use View)
Our interactive Land Use View mapping application can be used to look up property information by assessor parcel number (APN), plan or permit number, or address.
Launch Land Use View Application
Online Services (CSS)
The County of San Luis Obispo provides online services through our Citizen Self-Service (CSS) Permit Portal to submit building permit and planning applications, request a building inspection, research permits and property information, and to pay fees.